Bird Photographer of the Year is a competition that celebrates the artistry of bird photography and promotes conservation by contributing directly to the British Trust for Ornithology to support their conservation research.
In addition to the main winning prize of £5,000 and portfolio winner's prize of £2,000, our sponsors Swarovski Optik, Alamy and Country Innovation are providing equipment, professional advice and clothing respectively to category winners and runners-up.See the prizing details
Headed by Chris Packham, we have assembled an experienced and diverse panel of judges including wildlife photographers such as David Tipling, Paul Sterry, Andrew Cleave MBE and US-based Brian E. Small; editors Matt Merritt of Bird Watching Magazine and Matt Bennett of Digital Photographer Magazine; Head of Content at Alamy, Alan Capel and many others.Learn more about the judges
Congratulations go to our overall Bird Photographer of the Year winner 2017, Alejandro Prieto Rojas for his stunning image of American Flamingos. Alejandro follows 2016 winner Andy Parkinson in collecting the £5,000 top prize.Explore all the winning images
Each year the Bird Photographer of the Year book is released to celebrate the competition. The book has over 250 pages featuring more than 230 images from all around the globe. It is an important element in the BPOTY competition, providing the opportunity for the competition entrants to get their work published and displayed to a world-wide audience.Learn more
As well as promoting bird photographers and bird photography, one of the main aims of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition is to support conservation through donations to our competition partners the British Trust for Ornithology. Take a look at this brief video of this year's event, filmed and edited by Amy Hall.Watch video